LeZebra was founded by Lezlie R. Bishop in June 2000.Ms. Bishop retired from AT&T Public Relations in July 2000 with nearly 25 years of management, marketing and public relations experience at one of the world's oldest and largest corporations.
handled the full range of traditional public relations functions during her
association with the AT&T Public Relations
department: media relations, community relations, marketing communications, speechwriting and employee communications.She
has been recognized often for her
skills in conflict resolution, project management, creative strategic thinking and leadership. As AT&T's Southern Region Public Relations director, Ms. Bishop spent more than eight years representing AT&T in Atlanta, heading up corporate philanthropy, community and constituency relations, and strategic planning for community involvement.
tenure at AT&T
, Ms. Bishop
developed solid relationships with most of Atlanta's corporate and non-profit "movers and shakers."Her
access to the corporate-giving community is of incomparable benefit to clients who are seeking to increase corporate participation in their projects.
No stranger to orchestrating large and ambitious public relations events, Ms. Bishop
involvement in Super Bowl 2000, a project with a budget exceeding $250,000, and which involved planning for 400 of AT&T's
key customers and constituents.
retirement from AT&T
, Ms. Bishop
has worked with the Georgia Department of Human Resources
to organize and improve the agency's Office of Communications.She
is currently developing a media-training module for DFACs
directors throughout the state that will help them handle the news, especially in times of crisis. Atlanta Technical College
(ATC) hired LeZebra
in September 2000 to help its foundation board create its first major fundraising event, which took place on February 24, 2001.Ms. Bishop
created the Bridge Builder Awards and Concert for ATC
as a means to develop a relationship with Atlanta's corporate community and at the same time increase the general public's awareness of the college and its achievements.In its first year, the event raised a net profit in excess of $30,000.
also offers services in organizational strategic planning, management development and training, media relations training for executives and speechwriting.
...LeZebra Consulting and Communications, LLC was founded by Lezlie R. Bishop in June 2000.Ms. Bishop retired from AT&T Public Relations in July 2000 with nearly 25 years of management, marketing and public relations experience in one of the world's oldest and largest corporations.
Ms. Bishop's telecommunications career began in Chicago, Illinois in 1976 when she
signed on as an Account Executive at Illinois Bell Telephone Company
.While in Illinois, Lezlie worked as an account executive and then as a Sales Training Manager until she and her family transferred to San Francisco with AT&T Long Lines in the summer of 1978.
For the next 15 years, Ms. Bishop
held a number of AT&T positions: Account Executive on the Amfac national account, Training Manager in Human Resources, Career Counselor for employees, and Manager of Administrative Services.In the latter position, Lezlie
managed as many as 10 direct-reporting supervisors in an organization of more than 100 occupational employees. Once a third grade teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Bishop also worked as both an employee career counselor and a marketing trainer for AT&T employees. In 1988, Ms. Bishop joined the AT&T Public Relations Department as a San Francisco Bay Area Community Relations Manager, where she stayed until her transfer to Atlanta in March 1993. AT&T relocated her to Atlanta to serve as its loaned executive to the Carter Center's Atlanta Project.
In 1995, she
returned to the public relations department to do community relations work in the Atlanta Metro area.As Corporate Affairs Manager, Ms. Bishop created and implemented the AT&T Georgia Education Initiative and launched a school Internet wiring project and a major facility for teacher technology training. Ms. Bishop was promoted to AT&T Corporate Affairs Director for the Southern States in May 1998.
In this position, she
played a major role in developing a partnership between the Public Relations Department and AT&T
's Law and Government Affairs organization, with the objective of integrating the work of both entities to achieve the company's overall business strategies in Georgia. Ms. Bishop is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative and of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, for which she serves as Communications Committee Chair.She serves on the Advisory Boards of Actor's Express and Moving in the Spirit, a program that teaches youth life skills through the art of dance.She is also a member of the Georgia State University Education Department's Business Leadership Council and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
Early in 2000, she
was appointed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources
to serve on the 15-person Child Protective Services Task Force, which reported its findings in May 2000.
was born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.She earned her degree in Psychology at Ripon College in Wisconsin.